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Challenger Deep
Neal Shusterman
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Teresa Toten
Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
Finding the Worm (Twerp Sequel)
Mark Goldblatt
Dash
Kirby Larson
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Anne Lamott
Killer Instinct
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand
The Night Journal
Elizabeth Crook
Dead End in Norvelt
Jack Gantos

Fascinating Read for All Ages: The Extras

The Extra - Kathryn Lasky

I feel sure that few people have heard about the circumstances described in this memorable book. It is not surprising that Kathryn Lasky has brought to life a courageous young girl caught up in the horrors of the Holocaust, given her many past well researched historical novels. This book teaches a great deal, and it shines a light on the story of the so-called Gypsy Plague which resulted in thousands of Gypsy and Romani people meeting the same fate as Jewish captives during Hitler's reign. I was aware that Gypsy people had been persecuted, along with gays and others as well as Jews, but not of the scope. Leni and her parents had a comfortable life in Vienna before their arrests. A great deal of the story centers around a reprieve of sorts when Leni and her mother, along with other Romani, are selected to be extras in a movie by the famed German actress, Leni Riefenstahl. I learned a great deal about her, about the Nazi treatment of Gypsies, and about this unique situation. The book is for young readers, but the information is such that I recommend it for adult readers as well.